2018 Chevrolet EquinoxLS All-wheel Drive

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9.8

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7.9

The Equinox is Chevrolet's entry into the highly competitive small SUV market. It takes the winning combination of exceptional versatility, distinctive design and a high-level of practicality and adds innovative technology for safety, efficiency and entertainment.

The Equinox is available in four trim levels, L, LS, LT and Premier, and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive (excluding L on all-wheel drive). The standard drivetrain is a 170-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with stop-start technology and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include: four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability system, six airbags, tire pressure monitor and OnStar. Available high-tech features include active aero shutters, LED headlights, hands free power liftgate, forward collision alert with low speed automatic braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, haptic seat, navigation system, surround vision cameras, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging for mobile devices and teen driver mode.

The Equinox has been completely redesigned for 2018.

Introduction

Completely redesigned, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox compact crossover SUV has shrunk and lost weight when compared with the first-generation Equinox.Despite losing 5.2 inches in wheelbase and 4.7 inches in overall length, interior space is only slightly smaller.The 2018 Equinox weighs about 400 pounds less than its predecessor.

While the previous-generation model was aging and outmoded, the 2018 Equinox is updated in just about every way.In addition to bolder styling, the latest version is better-equipped.Equinox has turned into a more solid, stylish, and capable vehicle.Stylish denim-like seat upholstery is an option.

Four trim levels are offered for 2018: Equinox L, LS, LT, and Premier.Chevrolet first offered only the 1.5-liter four-cylinder base engine.A 2.0-liter gasoline engine then became optional, to be joined by a 1.6-liter diesel.All three engines are turbocharged.

The 1.5-liter engine develops 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, versus 182 hp and 174 pound-feet for the 2.4-liter unit that it replaces.Peak torque starts at 2000 rpm.A 6-speed automatic transmission is used.

Available for Equinox LT and Equinox Premier, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, driving GM's 9-speed automatic transmission.The 1.6-liter turbodiesel delivers 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet to a 6-speed automatic, promising fuel economy near 40 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

In its new form, Chevrolet Equinox competes against such compact crossovers as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.

Active-safety features and comfort options are available, but mostly limited to top trim levels.All Equinox models include a rearview camera.HID headlights are standard on LT trim, while the Premier edition gets Intellibeam bending headlights.Standard Teen Driver technology can report on behavior of a young driver, while preventing deactivation of safety features.

An optional package for LT trim includes rear parking sensors, plus blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.Picking a Premier edition with the Confidence and Convenience II Package is the only way to obtain forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Lineup

Equinox L ($23,580), offered only with front-wheel drive, comes with a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, MyLink 7.0-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, 4G LTE wi-fi, active noise cancellation, and 17-inch alloy wheels.(Prices are MSRP and do not include $945 destination charge.)

Equinox LS ($25,510) adds a compact spare tire, carpeted rear mats, and a compass.All-wheel drive is available ($1,750).

Equinox LT ($26,750) includes a power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, heated power mirrors, HID headlights, and second-row seat release levers.All-wheel drive is available ($1,750).A Confidence and Convenience Package for LT ($1,945) includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a power liftgate.

Equinox Premier ($30,790) comes with heated leather front seats, driver's memory, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, auto-dimming mirrors, luggage rack, LED headlights and taillights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a hands-free power liftgate.All-wheel drive ($3,645) is available.

Walkaround

Slimmed down in its 2018 form, the Equinox has adopted a more assertive aura.Up front, however, the fascia is likely to draw both favorable and negative responses.The minivan-like back end might not please everyone, either.

A chromed lower surround splits the integrated, one-piece grille.A subtle line extends rearward from the arch of the front wheel well, dividing within the front door.One branch melds into the rear wheel's arch, while the other reaches back to the taillights.Rear pillars angle forward aggressively, while rear side windows wrap into the back glass.

Interior

The Equinox cabin comes across as clean-looking and attractive, but it lags behind major competitors in both style and quality of materials.Front seats are better than before, though snug.

Back-seat riders can expect spacious comfort, with ample room for heads and legs.Two adult occupants shouldn't feel crowded, and three can fit – preferably for shorter journeys.Entry/exit isn't difficult, because rear doors open sufficiently wide.

Both hard and soft-touch plastics abound, except in top Premium trim.That version expands its standard leather upholstery onto inserts within the dashboard and doors.

Available denim-style fabric upholstery delivers surprising comfort, if snugger than seats trimmed in leather.In size and heft, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is especially satisfying.

Despite the tall, expansive opening for loading cargo, available space is smaller than the previous Equinox provided.With seatbacks upright, volume is 29.9 cubic feet, versus 63.5 cubic feet when they're folded flat.

Driving Impression

Performance of the 1.5-liter base engine is solid and efficient, helped by turbocharging.Clearly, it's more impressive than the 2.4-liter engine in the previous Equinox.The 1.5-liter is quieter, too, emitting a refined exhaust sound and a touch of turbo whistling when pushed.Because peak engine torque is readily available, a base-engine Equinox can take on upgrades with little hesitation.

Chevrolet's 6-speed automatic transmission is less appealing, especially when shifting manually.Even if the additional power from the optional 2.0-liter engine isn't essential, it gets a slicker 9-speed automatic rather than the older 6-speed.Upshifts occur smoothly, while little gear-hunting occurs during downshifting.

Passengers can anticipate a quiet, comfortable ride, remaining composed even on undulating pavement.

Feedback from pavement surfaces is minimal, but that's hardly uncommon among crossovers.Body motions are more noticeable than a Mazda CX-5 would transmit, but handling capability of the Equinox ranks as adequate.Standard 17-inch tires may yield an uneasy driving experience at times.

Pavement rumble and roar are mostly muted, regardless of tire choice.Wind noise, in contrast, can be a problem.Though pleasing to some ears, the sound of the 1.5-liter engine might be considered intrusive by others.

Base-engine fuel economy isn't class-leading, but tolerable.The 1.5-liter version is EPA-rated at 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined.All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30/26 mpg.

Fuel-efficiency sinks with the optional 2.0-liter engine, which is EPA-rated at 22/29 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined.All-wheel drive drops that estimate to 22/28/24 mpg.Chevrolet claims the front-drive Equinox Diesel should achieve 40 mpg in highway driving.

Summary

In addition to welcome reductions in dimensions and weight, without sacrificing cabin space, the 2018 Equinox has gained standard equipment.Altogether, it's now a more satisfying and capable crossover.As is often the case, active-safety features are limited to top trim levels.Best bet might be an Equinox LT with the Confidence and Convenience Package.

Driving impressions by Brandon Turkus, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio/Video Remote ControlYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
DVD-AudioYes
headsets2
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink Touch
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink Touch
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
RadioAM/FM stereo
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteRemote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Angle of Approach14.8 degrees
Angle of Departure23.2 degrees
Front Head Room1,016 mm
Front Hip Room1,377 mm
Front Leg Room1,039 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,453 mm
Front track1,580 mm
Overall height1,661 mm
Overall Length4,651 mm
Overall Width1,844 mm
Rear Head Room978 mm
Rear Hip Room1,313 mm
Rear Leg Room1,008 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,410 mm
Rear track1,580 mm
Wheelbase2,725 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio3.87
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement91 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power170 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size1.5 L
Torque276 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV70
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City9.8 L/100 km
Combined8.9L/100 km
Highway7.9 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size1.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual foldable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksRemote, digital keypad power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
RecliningManual
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
Diameter19.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile65
Profile55
Profile50
Speed RatingT
Speed RatingT
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
TypeM+S
TypeAS
Width225 mm
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront and rear
Video playerWith digital media
Video playerWith DVD and digital media
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place846 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,798 L
Curb weight1,572 kg
EPA interior volume2,897 L
Fuel Capacity59 L
Gross vehicle weight2,100 kg
Ground clearance175 mm
Max cargo capacity1,798 L
Towing Capacity680 kg
Wheels
Diameter19
Diameter17
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width7.5
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Trailer sway control
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
A/V remote
AM/FM radio
DVD-Audio
Entertainment system
Headphones
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Configurable
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Equinox
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Equinox
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Equinox LS
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Equinox LS
$750 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Equinox
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Equinox
$500 May 31, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Equinox LS
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Equinox LS
2% 2% 2% 2% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Equinox 4WD LS
55% 50% 38% 35% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 Chevrolet Equinox LS All-wheel Drive, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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